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A successful 2017 conference

November 28, 2017

The weekend of 10-12 November saw the annual Alpine Garden Society Conference and AGM held at the Crowne Plaza in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Alpine Garden Society conference 2017

The Annual Report of the Trustees for 2017 was presented.

 

EXPERT SPEAKERS

The conference was a great success and attended by more than 100 delegates. The weekend included an exciting programme of talks from some of the world’s leading alpine experts, including:

  • Christopher Bailes  (our new AGS President)
  • Harry Jans  (AGS Tour Leader)
  • Jim Jermyn  (Branklyn Garden, Perth)
  • Johan Nilson  (Gothenburg Botanical Garden)
  • Paul Cumbleton  (accomplished plantsman)
  • Robert Rolfe  (AGS Associate Editor)
Harry Jans alpine plants

Harry Jans gives his lecture on Bulgaria, Rila and the Pirin Mountains

NEW CONNECTIONS

As part of the AGS’ commitment to promoting an interest in alpines among young people, the society sponsored places for a number of young horticulturists. These included guests from RHS Wisley, the National Trust, St. Andrews Botanic Garden and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Plant display from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Plant display from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

Awards and medals were presented to AGS members for their achievements from new AGS President, Christopher Bailes

Michael Kammerlander

The 2017 winner of the Lyttel Trophy (the Society’s highest honour) was announced as Michael Kammerlander. Michael is a German plantsman, commended for his tireless work on the genus Dionysia.

Clockwise from top left: Clare Oates receives the AGS Medal; Exhibitor Bob Worsley receives an AGS Gold Medal; Philip & Diane Blyth from Norfolk receive a Local Group Award and the Sussex Weald Silver Jubilee Trophy; Rob Potterton (Pottertons Nursery) is awarded the Sir William and Lady Lawrence Award.

Clockwise from top left: Clare Oates receives the AGS Medal; Exhibitor Bob Worsley receives an AGS Gold Medal; Philip & Diane Blyth from Norfolk receive a Local Group Award and the Sussex Weald Silver Jubilee Trophy; Rob Potterton (Pottertons Nursery) is awarded the Sir William and Lady Lawrence Award.

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